I fucked up. I read the foreword beforegetting to the actual story. Completely messed up my reading experience.
I knew almost nothing about this book going into it. I knew it was supposed to be funny though. That’s it. I knew nothing about the story or about the author. Nothing. That is until I read the foreword. Something I never do. I usually go back and read it after I finish the story. But for some reason, I didn’t do that this time.
Now, to the story. It’s about this 30-year old guy named Ignatius J. Reilly who has a completely unique worldview. His mother forces him to go out and find a job to help pay for a debt. What follows is a fantastic series of events that all interconnect and directly involve Ignatius and his antics.
I found this book to be depressing. I didn’t laugh or find any part of it funny. If you couldn’t tell I blame the foreword. I read waaay too much into this story. Way too much. I did like how it was equal parts offensive. See, it wasn’t all bad. Honestly though, I want to wipe this book from my memory. So that’s all I have to say about it…
2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge.
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More mini-reviews! Yay! This is what happens when you hunker down in your home to escape the heat outside. Honestly, I think all this reading is starting to burn me out haha.
Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
I listened to the audiobook version and I must say, listening to these celebrities narrate their essays and memoirs has been amazing so far. A bit of their personalities shine through. Anna Kendrick’s is no exception.
I think Anna Kendrick has been the realest. She holds absolutely nothing back when talking about her life. And I could relate to her in a way I didn’t think would be possible. She’s an anxious oddball! Was I a huge fan of hers before? Eh, not really, sort of? I can watch the Pitch Perfect movies on repeat all day though haha. Now I think I’ll see her a little differently. She let her crazy out and I really enjoyed it.
Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Amy has been left home alone for a month. Her twin brother is at a “summer enrichment program” (aka rehab), her mother is setting up their new home in Connecticut, and her father? Well, her father died 3 months before in a car accident; Amy was the driver. Now Amy’s mother needs her to get the family car from California to Connecticut. Enter Roger, an old family friend. He has to get to the East Coast and is willing to do the drive with Amy. An amazing road trip ensues.
Roger and Amy go on the greatest cross-country road trip ever. Her mom had planned out the trip’s original route but Amy and Roger decide to take detours. Loved it. As they’re stuck spending hours together they get to know each other and help one another out.
Throughout the book, there are pictures and receipts from the trip scattered around which I liked. Plus music playlists! It made Amy’s scrapbook seem real. And they come across so many people that help them on their personal journeys. Besides, they actually go to some pretty cool places!
I want to go on a road trip! Haven’t been on one in what seems like forever. Sigh. Morgan Matson is definitely one of my new favorite authors.
The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce
Frank is a vinyl record store owner in 1980’s England. One day a strange woman faints outside his shop. A tentative friendship springs up between him and Ilse.
So vinyl records. Frank is an old soul, and refuses to sell tapes, cd’s and whatnot. He has a knack for finding people the music they need. Just by listening to your story, he knows what it is you should listen to. Now because he only sells vinyl, his store begins to suffer as people flock to pick up the new shiny tech. Actually, the whole street is suffering. Then Ilse appears and things are okay for Frank for a while. Then flash forward to 2009 and Frank has been dealt many blows. His shop is no more, his old shop neighbors have all either died or moved on, Ilse hasn’t been seen in so long.
Sigh. This book was an all-around downer. I picked it up thinking it would be like The Little Paris Bookshop but with music. In a way it was. Frank is very passionate about music and it’s all extremely interesting. Everything outside that is a bit of a bummer though. I dreaded picking this book up. It ends on a relatively happy note but getting there was a depressing read.
Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
Erin is in an abusive marriage. Her husband Kevin, a detective in Boston, is extremely controlling and beats Erin for absolutely zero reason. She manages to escape to Southport, a small beachside town. There, she is finally safe, living a life of her own, and falling for Alex, a widower with two young children. But Kevin is desperate to find her.
Okay. This is my first Nicholas Sparks book and it wasn’t that bad. I’ve seen the movie adaptation before so all of the plot twists weren’t surprising to me.
I think my biggest problem is the writing style. It kept telling me all these things, but not really showing it. Plus, some things were completely unbelievable. And oh my goodness, if Erin’s beauty was discussed one more time I was going to scream. Seriously. Her good looks were always mentioned. I’m sure she has other attributes! Ugh.
Once again, I am very happy that I went the audiobook route. I don’t listen to many because I feel like I don’t retain as much information that way. But when it comes to a memoir, I like listening to the person that wrote it. Their personality shines through. And that makes that experience enjoyable.
In her second book, Mindy delves more into her life as a celebrity. We get more stories from her childhood. She talks about her relationships with various people. And she has more essays about life in general that endear her to the reader.
I thought her first book, Is Everyone Else Hanging Out Without Me?, brilliant. This one, though entertaining, did not have me laughing like the first one. There were also essays that seemed like puff pieces. They weren’t really necessary but yet, there they were. Filling space.
I don’t know.I did like it. But it was a bit of a letdown.
I have been listening to this audiobook for the past few days. Mindy Kaling has been next to me while I washed dishes, cleaned the bathroom, got ready for work. And I have loved every second of it. Never have I been so damn excited to get my household chores done.
This is the first celebrity memoir I tackle and I’m thrilled it was this one. I’ve never watched The Office (I know, please don’t start), but I have watched her show The Mindy Project and enjoyed it. So I thought “hey, why not read her book?”. And here we are. No regrets.
This book is hilarious. Mindy’s charming wit really shines through. I felt like I was having a conversation with one of my best friends. I was scrubbing the bathtub and cackling like a madwoman. I can’t remember the last time a book made me laugh so much.
I’m kind of glad I went the audiobook way. I feel that I would not have enjoyed this book as much if I had actually read it myself. Mostly because of Mindy’s perky tone as she read.
So, I have her next book all queued up and I am ready to listen.